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A Pilot Study to Explore the Safety and Tolerability of Galantamine HBr in the Treatment of Pick Complex/Frontotemporal Dementia

This study has been completed.
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Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. Identifier:
First received: December 22, 2006
Last updated: June 6, 2011
Last verified: January 2011

The purpose of this study is to explore the safety and tolerability and the efficacy of galantamine treatment in subjects with Pick Complex/ Frontotemporal Dementia (PC/FTD). The safety and tolerability of galantamine therapy will be assessed over the entire treatment period (26 weeks). The 8 week withdrawal period will be used to confirm the safety of galantamine withdrawal in this subject group and it impact on any symptom improvement achieved during the first 18 weeks of galantamine treatment ( symptom improvement would be expected to stabilize or decline on withdrawal of an effective therapy).

The primary efficacy objective is to explore the effect of galantamine on behavior as measured by the Frontal Behavioral Inventory during the randomized withdrawal period. In addition, for subjects with primary progressive aphasia (limited ability for languages), the effects of galantamine on language will be explored using the Aphasia Quotient of the Western Aphasia Battery, and for all subjects the Clinical Global Impressions will be used to explore global change.

Condition Intervention Phase
Frontotemporal Dementia
Pick Complex
Drug: galantamine hydrobromide
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open Pilot Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Galantamine in the Treatment of Pick's Disease/Frontotemporal Dementia /Pick Complex

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The safety is incidence of gastrointestinal events; efficacy are FBI, AQ and CGI. Changes will be calculated from baseline to Week 18 and Week 26. Comparisons between the placebo and galantamine groups will use the changes from Weeks 18 to 26.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary efficacy parameters are: MMSE, MDRS, FAB, NPI, ADCS-ADL Scale, subscales of the WAB and FBI and neurologic exams; safety are AE, ECGs, physical exam, vital signs, and lab tests.

Enrollment: 41
Study Start Date: May 2003
Study Completion Date: July 2004
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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Outpatients with a clinical diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia or Pick Complex (PC/FTD) documented for at least 1 year with either primary progressive aphasia or frontotemporal dementia
  • recent MRI or CT confirming frontotemporal lobar atrophy consistent with Frontotemporal Dementia or Pick Complex PC/FTD
  • opportunity to perform certain activities of daily living as described in the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study -- Activities of Daily Living Inventory
  • living with or having regular visits (least 4 days/week) from a responsible caregiver
  • Mini Mental State Examination score > 5 and the ability to complete baseline neuropsychometric testing
  • able to see, hear, and communicate sufficiently, and willing to complete serial neuropsychometric tests
  • female subjects of childbearing age must be surgically sterile or practicing an effective method of birth control before entry and throughout the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No neurodegenerative disorders and other causes of dementia or cognitive impairment from acute cerebral injuries, cerebrovascular disease or hypoxic cerebral damage, vitamin deficiency states, infection cerebral neoplasia
  • no primary memory disturbance or an amnestic syndrome more compatible with Alzheimer's disease or other primary degenerative dementia
  • no uncontrolled epilepsy or clinically significant psychiatric disease, cardiovascular disease, hepatic, renal, pulmonary, metabolic, or endocrine disturbances, active peptic ulcer and urinary outflow obstruction
  • no use of any agent used for the treatment of dementia or other cognitive impairment
  • no history of severe drug allergy or hypersensitivity to cholinesterase inhibitors, choline agonists or similar agents, or bromide
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00416169

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L. C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
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Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00416169     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR003106
Study First Received: December 22, 2006
Last Updated: June 6, 2011

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
Frontotemporal Dementia
Pick Complex
galantamine hydrobromide

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Frontotemporal Dementia
Pick Disease of the Brain
Aphasia, Primary Progressive
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases
Speech Disorders
Language Disorders
Communication Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Cholinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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